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Nearby attractions

Just a stone’s throw from Lyon, the Dombes and Beaujolais regions, Ars and Trévoux occupy a prime location from which to explore the surrounding area. You’ll find a wide variety of landscapes, from the hills and mountains of the Beaujolais to the ponds of the Dombes, all just 30 minutes away. You’ll also be able to explore the beautiful neighboring regions of Beaujolais, Dombes, Côtière and Val de Saône!


medieval city

Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, formerly Châtillon-les-Dombes, is a medieval town full of character. You’ll be seduced by its corbelled houses and its seven flower-filled bridges and footbridges, earning it the nickname “Little Venice of the Dombes”. Its 15th
century halles are home to one of France’s finest markets. You can’t describe it, you have to experience it, right from dawn, with its area reserved for live animals. Enjoy your escapade along the castle ramparts and push on to the arboretum.



High place of Marian worship in the 20th century

Tresting on the edge of the Dombes plateau is the architectural cousin of the Christ of Rio: the monumental statue of the Madonna. She invites us to climb her 150-step interior staircase to reach her crown and thus contemplate a breathtaking
sight. While, not far from Her, the bells of the Mas Rillier carillon ring out. A unique moment of contemplation. Guided tours, family events, carillon concerts, Swing Sous Les Étoiles festival…

Montluel and the Côtière

at the Portes de la Dombes

Plunge into the heart of history by visiting Dagneux’s memorial sites. Immerse yourself in the life of yesteryear in search of the furnaces of Bressolles. Rejuvenate in a setting rich in exceptional natural beauty with the Lônes de Balan, classified as a Sensitive Natural Area.
At the gateway to the Dombes region, the Côtière region has developed a rich historical and natural heritage over the centuries.
Wander through the ancient seigneury of Montluel to meet its monuments such as the Apothecary’s or the Collegiate Church.

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A city of character

Let yourself be seduced by this charming commune on the banks of the Saône. Follow the towpath up to the Minimes site. A 17th-century chapel and a 19th-century tower surrounded by vines offer a magnificent panorama of the Val de Saône and the Beaujolais mountains. To find out more, a heritage trail and a Randoland© treasure hunt are available from the Val de Saône Centre tourist office in Guéreins.


Beautiful medieval town

A journey back in time This medieval gem is the only one of the Ain region’s “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. Its cobbled streets, imposing fortress church, fine architecture and gourmet sugar galette are a delight for passers-by. This lively village, with its passionate craftspeople, is a must-see. From Lyon, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to enjoy this delightful, timeless atmosphere. Changing with the seasons, the town has enchanted young and old alike for over 600 years.


vines and golden stones

The Beaujolais region, a land of wines, is well worth a visit for its undulating landscapes, its villages of singular hues revealing unsuspected heritage treasures as you stroll and hunt for Gnolus treasures.

  • Walk through the Beaujolais des Pierres Dorées and take time to discover the narrow streets of charming medieval villages with their ochre highlights. Discover Oingt, classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, Charnay, Theizé and Ternand, which has been awarded the “Petites Cités de Caractère” label.
    On the menu: exceptional panoramas, discover chapels and fortified buildings, meet producers and winemakers.
  • Explore Villefranche-sur-Saône and its hidden treasures: enter the courtyards and discover the town’s Renaissance houses along the Rue Nationale. You’ll be amazed by the architectural treasures on offer.
    A choice of self-guided or guided tour. End the day with a tasting of Beaujolais wines in one of the cellars.
  • Let our guides tell you all about the history of the Beaujolais region, which has been awarded the “Pays d’art et d’histoire” label. They’ll tell you all the secrets and anecdotes of the remarkable heritage sites.

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and the Monts d'Or

Welcome to Neuville-sur-Saône, a town of commerce and heritage!
As you arrive from the banks of the Saône, on foot, by bike or by boat, stroll through Neuville’s pedestrian streets. You’ll discover the Place Ampère with its Church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, built between 1678 and 1681 on the initiative of Mgr Camille de Neufville, it was partially modernized in the 19th century and restored in the 20th and 21st centuries. A number of its interior decorations are listed as historic monuments.
The Bâtiment du Lion d’Or, a 17th-century coaching inn, is also worth a visit, while the Ombreval estate offers an exceptional setting with its château (now the town hall) and large park suitable for family picnics and games, as well as the clos du Nymphée, in the tradition of the contemporary nymphées in the Luxembourg Gardens.
And to complete your shopping experience, more than 150 shops will welcome you in a privileged environment combining local shops and well-known names. Every Friday, there’s a big market on the banks of the Saône, featuring top-quality local produce.

For lunch: enjoy the superb terraces of Neuville’s restaurants, the villages of the Monts d’Or or the guinguettes on the banks of the Saône, which welcome walkers along the water’s edge: more than two kilometers of promenade dedicated to leisure activities close to nature (mini-golf, paddle rentals…).